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Wingates family barred from extending home

"I am a bit incensed by the fact they will not give us permission for the extension but they will give permission for the turbines. We re-jigged it slightly the second time, they still came up with some nonsense about how it would set a precedent which is an absolute load of nonsense.

A familyliving in the Northumberland countryside have spoken of their anger at seeing a bid to extend their home blocked by the same council that has approved massive wind turbines close by.

The Phillips family, who live at Wingates, have seen two planning applications designed to allow them to remain in their home refused by the same county planners who have recently concluded that 110m-tall turbines are acceptable a mile away.

The family says it will reluctantly have to leave the hamlet if the council does not change its stance. But the authority has insisted it was following planning policy in reaching its decisions on the family's bids and the turbines.

Jackie, a 42-year-old PA for family business Fenrother Estates, and husband Clint, a 51-year-old care worker, bought their terraced cottage at Wingates 19 years ago. They have two sons, Charlie, six, and Harry, two.

In March 2009, the family applied to Northumberland County Council for planning permission for an extension to the house to allow it an extra bedroom for the boys, who currently share.

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A family living in the Northumberland countryside have spoken of their anger at seeing a bid to extend their home blocked by the same council that has approved massive wind turbines close by.

The Phillips family, who live at Wingates, have seen two planning applications designed to allow them to remain in their home refused by the same county planners who have recently concluded that 110m-tall turbines are acceptable a mile away.

The family says it will reluctantly have to leave the hamlet if the council does not change its stance. But the authority has insisted it was following planning policy in reaching its decisions on the family's bids and the turbines.

Jackie, a 42-year-old PA for family business Fenrother Estates, and husband Clint, a 51-year-old care worker, bought their terraced cottage at Wingates 19 years ago. They have two sons, Charlie, six, and Harry, two.

In March 2009, the family applied to Northumberland County Council for planning permission for an extension to the house to allow it an extra bedroom for the boys, who currently share.

No objections were submitted to the authority and Nunnykirk Parish Council sent in a letter of support.

But the authority refused the application claiming the development would be "incongruous with the character of the property" given its size and massing and would set a "detrimental precedent" for similar extensions in the area.

The family resubmitted the application to the council in May last year with minor alterations, explaining the importance of being allowed to build the extension. The authority refused a second time, despite there again being no objections, this time saying the development would be too large. Officers also claimed the materials proposed would be "incongruous" with the dwelling.

Earlier this month, the same council planners approved Infinis (Novera's) bid for the six huge turbines around a mile from the Phillips' home.

The application had been opposed by the family and hundreds of other local residents, who formed an action group, sent in 75 letters and a 141-signature petition. The Phillips and other residents feared the proposal would ruin their views of open countryside, including the Simonside and Cheviot hills and the national park, and voiced a series of other concerns.

Yet officers deemed the engines ‘would not have a significant adverse impact on the character of the wider landscape, including the National Park.'

Last night Mrs Phillips said: "I am a bit incensed by the fact they will not give us permission for the extension but they will give permission for the turbines. We re-jigged it slightly the second time, they still came up with some nonsense about how it would set a precedent which is an absolute load of nonsense.

"None of my neighbours have complained. It is ridiculous, absolutely ridiculous."

A council spokesperson said: "The applications were considered in two different policy contexts.

"The residential development was determined against national and local planning policy with an emphasis on high quality design in keeping with the surroundings.

"The wind turbine application was considered against national and local planning policy and the Government's agenda to encourage green renewable energy developments."


Source: http://www.journallive.co.u...

APR 29 2011
https://www.windaction.org/posts/30762-wingates-family-barred-from-extending-home
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